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Death Penalty in Michigan

There are, at present, 38 states with the death penalty and 12 without (death*****info.org 2004). ***** is one of ***** 12. From 1976, there have been 906 executions in the US: 517 were white, 310 blacks; 57 hispanic; and 22, o*****r races. More than 80% of these cases involved ***** victims, although only 50% of murder victims were white. Case studies on race showed that 96% had racial undert*****s, whereby 98% of the chief district attorneys were white and only 1% were black. Another study conducted in Philadelphia revealed that more blacks ***** given the death penalty than white and other races at 38%. Still another study conducted in North Carolina said ***** the ***** sentence went up by 3.5 times when the victims were white (deathpenaltyinfo.org). Records show that 37 ***** with the death penalty used lethal injection method in 739 executions, 151 by electrocution, 11 by gas chamber, 3 by hanging and 2 by firing squad.

Surveys ***** top academic criminological societies ***** ***** 84% of *****se experts did not consider the death ***** a deterrent to murder. Police chiefs also revealed in a 1995 Hart Research that they did not believe it was an effective law enforcement tool. Yet Gallup polls favored it at 64% over 32% against *****. The public also preferred it at 53% against life without parole ***** 44%.There are currently 11 states with more ***** 100 death row inmates, led ***** California at 843, Texas with 458 ***** Florida with 381. There *****, ***** *****, 3,*****3 death convicts, some of whom are *****d in more than one state.

***** death penalty costs a lot. The state of Kansas discovered ***** it spent 70% ***** on death ***** ***** than ***** comparable non-capital cases, which include incarceration. ***** Indiana Criminal Law Study Commission calculated its total death penalty costs as exceeding those of life ***** parole by approximately 38%, and on ********** that the death sentences were overturned and reduced to ***** imprisonment.

***** Carolina spent over $2.18 million per execution ***** ***** costs of a non-death penalty ***** case with a sentence of life imprisonment. Most ***** these ***** were incurred during trial. Florida ***** $51 million a year over and beyond what it cost to punish all first-degree murderers with life ***** *****out *****. It cost Florida $24 million for each of the 44 executions it had since 1978. Texas shelled out $2.3 million on the average, or thrice ***** cost of life imprisonment in a single maximum cell ***** 40 **********. And Calif*****nia spent $90 ***** every year beyond ordinary costs of o*****ations of the justice system. Of this total, $78 million went ***** at ***** trial level.

Last year, a Michig*****n House Committee voted in a way th***** marked *****e first step in lifting the state's 18-year ban on capital punishment (prodeath*****.com 2003). The House Regulatory Reform Committee voted 6-4 in favor of a death penalty resolution for a statewide vote that August. The case was

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